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The Book of Joel
Chapter 3

Day of the Lord Foretold,
God’s Vengeance on Israel’s Foes, Joel 3:1-8

Joel 3:1-2 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, [2] I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (KJV) Joel is told by God that in those days, He shall restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem. He shall gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and it is there that He judge the nations for what they did to His people, for scattering Israel all over the world, and for dividing His (their) land.

"For, behold, in those days." What days? The Day of Pentecost? NO! He did not bring them back at Pentecost. Instead of bringing the captivity back to Jerusalem, Christ, as Head of the church, gave a command to those who have been born again and are in the body of believers. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (KJV) In other words, Jesus is saying to us all: “Go to the ends of the earth. Take the message that I am raised from the dead. Tell them that God is gracious and longsuffering and merciful, and that whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” That is the Gospel!

In that time” refers to the time when those who call on the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:32). God will not only bless believers with everything they need; He will also bless them by destroying all evil and ending the pain and suffering on Earth. This prophecy I believe could have three fulfillments: immediate, ongoing, and final.

  1. Its immediate explanation could apply to King Jehoshaphat’s recent battle against several enemy nations, including Moab and Ammon (2 Chron. 20).
  2. Its ongoing fulfillment could be the partial restoration of the people to their land after the exile to Babylon.
  3. And the final fulfillment will come in the great battle that precedes the Messiah’s reign over the Earth (Rev. 20:7-9).

The Gospel seems so simple that the smarter and more educated a person is, the harder it is for them to see; it seems to elude them. So many people miss it today. How wonderful it is! All you do is believe! John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) The only “work” God requires of you is to believe Him! I do not believe in a works salvation (Eph.2:8-9), but I do believe in a salvation that works. This is important! If you have truly been saved, you want, you desperately desire, to get the Gospel out. You want to obey Christ’s no-option command to us. If you have no desire to obey Christ, I seriously question your faith . . . not your works, because true faith works, and does it willingly and considers it an awesome privilege!

Before the Lord Jesus comes back to the Earth again, believers will already have appeared before His Judgment Seat to see whether or not they are to receive a reward or suffer a loss of a reward they could have had. This is a marvelous prophecy, but it is not only found in the Book of Joel. All the prophets mention it. One of the last prophets, Zechariah, said the same thing. Zech. 2:10-11 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. [11] And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee. (KJV) This is what Joel told the people; this was their great hope, that the Lord will come to establish His Kingdom on the Earth and the Spirit will be poured out on all flesh. . . . http://www.hisservants.org/judgment_seat_h_s.htm

God promises to gather ALL nations to come up against Israel in the last days. ALL nations shall be judged! Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. [KJV] Zech. 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. [KJV] Zech. 14:2-3 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. [3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [KJV] When the Lord fights against the nations, just who do you think shall win???

Joel 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (KJV) They cast lots to decide which of God's people would be their slaves. They traded young boys for prostitutes and little girls for enough liquor to get drunk.

This is awful! Cruelty to children is one of the signs of the end of an age. Pornography is rampant! It is all over the internet! All over the world! Well to do people, people who are well known and respected, even so called pastors have been arrested. People sell their children, use their children any way they can to get a lousy dollar. How many girls are being plunged into immorality because of liquor in their homes? Young girls become prostitutes because of conditions at home. Joel says people will cast lots to decide who would be their slaves. They traded young boys for prostitutes and little girls for enough wine to get drunk. This is sickening! And worse yet, it shall be fulfilled, even more so than today!

Joel 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; (KJV) God wants to know what Tyre and Sidon have against Him. Is revenge on their minds? If that's it, beware! You won't win. He shall strike swiftly and pay them back for everything you have done.

God talks to the people through Joel: “What do you have against me, Tyre and Sidon and you cities of Philistia? Are you trying to take revenge on me? If you are, beware! I will strike swiftly and pay you back for everything you have done.”

Joel 3:5-6 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: [6] The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. (KJV) God's enemies had taken His silver and gold and all His precious treasures, and you have carried them off to your pagan temples. They had sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, who took them far from their homeland.

Even in Joel’s time, the children of Israel were being sold into slavery, even before Rome had come to power. Tyre and Zidon had taken the silver and gold and all the precious Temple treasures, and carried them off to your pagan temples. They sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, who took them far from their homeland.

Joel 3:7-8 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: [8] And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it. (KJV) God promises to pay them back for all they had done. He would sell their sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they in turn would sell them to the people of Arabia, a nation far away. God has spoken!"

God’s judgment of Tyre and Sidon, prophesied also by Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah, has all been literally fulfilled. The restoration of the Jews, and the final victory of true religion over any and all opposers, are in these 8 verses foretold. The Jews have most often been treated with contempt and scorn, and little value has been set upon them. But, this all is noticed by God. and one day, He shall make it right with them. No one who has ever hardened his/her heart against God or His people shall prosper long. Judgment shall come to God’s enemies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_judgment_great_white_throne.htm http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_judgment_sure.htm

Day of the Lord Foretold,
Looking at the Day of the Lord, Joel 3:9-17

Joel 3:9-10 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: [10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (KJV) Say to the nations: "Get ready for war! Call your best warriors! Let all your fighting men come up for the attack! Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Even your weaklings must be called to war.

WHOA! You may say. “I thought the Bible said to beat your swords into plowshares.” Yes, it does say that, but that is referring to the time when the Millennial Kingdom is established on the Earth (Isa.2:4; Mic.4:3). Only when Christ comes again and is ruling you will anyone be able to get rid of their sword. Until then you’d better keep your ammunition dry and be prepared. We are living in a big, bad, wicked world in which there are a lot of wild animals loose . . . and these are the worst kind of wild animals, they are humans, they are mean and ferocious and they will destroy you. There are also nations which are like that, and we are seeing it today! God describes nations as a lion, a bear, a panther, and an odd, uncommon beast. Believe me, the nations of the world are worse than wild beasts. Wild beasts kill only when they are hungry. These nations are hungry only for power and money. 1 Thes. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (KJV) We need to beat our plowshares into swords. We need to be prepared today, for we live in a big, bad and really crazy world.

Joel 3:11-12 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. (KJV) Come quickly, all you heathen nations everywhere! Gather together in the valley.
And now, O Lord, call out Your warriors! Let the nations march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the Lord, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all.

In the Olivet Discourse the Lord Jesus said that He will judge the nations and that He will judge them according to the way they have treated His people. You may ask: “Are they peculiar? Are they better?” No. Why, then, will He judge in this way? Because the 144,000 Jewish witnesses (Rev.7) are going to be the only witnesses upon this Earth after the church is removed. The Lord said that if anyone gives a cup of cold water in His Name to one of these witnesses He would reward him. In the Tribulation it would cost you your life to give a cup of cold water to one of the 144,000 who will be witnessing for Christ throughout the world. . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_why_h_s.htm

Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. (KJV) The harvest is ready for harvest, swing the sickle. Come, tread the winepress for it is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.

When Joel speaks of a “harvest,” he is speaking of the end of the age when judgment shall come to ALL unbelieving people. Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: [32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [KJV] Sheep, on His right Hand are symbolic of God's people (believers), and goats, on His left Hand are symbolic of the wicked (unbelievers). Sheep go to Heaven (Mat. 25:34), and goats go to Hell (Mat.25:41).

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. (KJV) Unnumbered crowds are in the valley of decision. For the day of the Lord will soon arrive.

The day of the Lord begins with the Rapture of the church (1 Thes. 4:13-18). Immediately after the church is removed from the Earth, the 7 year (70th week, Dan.9:27), Great Tribulation begins. The day of the Lord continues through the Second Coming of Christ to establish His Kingdom and the judgment as to who will enter the Kingdom. Then Christ will reign for 1000 years (Millennium). There will be a brief period of rebellion again when Satan is let loose, then the final judgment at the Great White Throne, and eternity will begin. All of this is included in the Day of the Lord. . . . http://www.hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_1000_years.htm

Joel 3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. (KJV)
The sun and moon will become dark, and the stars will no longer shine.

Again Joel speaks of the disturbances in the heavenly bodies. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining (Mat.24:29; Mark 13:24-25; Luke 21:25-26; Isa. 13:9-13; 34:1-2, 4, 8-10; Eze.32:7-8; Rev.8:12).

Joel 3:16-17 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. [17] So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. (KJV) God's Voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem. The Earth and heavens will shake. But to His people Israel, the Lord will be a welcoming refuge and a strong fortress. Then Israel will know that the Lord God, shall live in Zion, in His my holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy forever more, and God's enemies will never conquer her again.

Eze.38:18-22 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. [19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. [21] And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother. [22] And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (KJV)

The victories of the Jews over their cruel foe Antiochus may be a reference to this prophecy; but the final reference is to the last Antichrist, of whom Antiochus was a type. Jerusalem is the central seat of the theocracy (Psalm 132:13), it shall be from there that God thwarts the foe. Roar, as a lion (Jer.25:30; Amos 1:2; 3:8). See other places where God’s Voice is as thunder (Psalm 18:13; Hab.3:10-11; Rev.10:1-6). The Lord is the hope of His people, He is their refuge (Psalm 46:1). So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God, (Isa.60:16; Hosea 2:20).

Then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more, God shall dwell in Zion, and no strangers pass through to attack, or to defile, the holy city any more (Isa.35:8; 52:1). Gentiles (nations) shall come to Jerusalem, but it shall be in order to reverence and worship Almighty God there (Zech. 14:16).

The enemy one day will make a frightful descent upon the land of Israel. But they shall be under Divine protection, and any and all attempts to annihilate them shalt be in vain (Zech.14:2; Joel 3:2; Rev.19:11-21).

Consider what shall happen to all the enemies of God’s people. There is NO escaping God’s judgments. Hardened sinners, in that day of wrath, shall be cut off from all comfort and joy. Most of the prophets foretell the same final victory of Israel over all that oppose her. To the wicked it will be a terrible day, but to the righteous it will be great joy.

We who love the Lord Jesus, must love Israel too (Gen.12:3). Jesus is a Jew! We must glory in our Strength and our Redeemer! If you do not know Christ as your Saviour and Lord, open your heart’s door to Him now, and flee from the wrath that is sure to come.

Day of the Lord Foretold, God’s People Blessed,
Joel now speaks of the future Millennial Kingdom,
Joel 3:18-21

Joel 3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. (KJV) In that day the mountains will produce an abundance of grapes, and the hills will flow with milk because of lush pastures. Water will fill the dry streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the Lord's Temple, watering the valley of Shittim.

In that day, meaning the Day of the Lord . . . the mountains shall drop down new wine, this is symbolic for abundance of grape vines in that day (Amos 9:13). The hills shall flow with milk, meaning Israel shall abound in flocks and herds yielding much milk, through the richness of the pastures. All the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, water is the great requirement for fertility in the parched East (Isa.30:25). A fountain shall come forth of the House of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. The blessings from the Lord, temporal (physical) and spiritual, flowing from God’s House at Jerusalem, shall extend even to Shittim, on the border between Moab and Israel, beyond Jordan (Num.25:1; 33:49; Joshua 2:1; Mic.6:5). Shittim means acacias, which is a tree or shrub in the mimosa family, that grows only in dry regions: so Joel implies that even the dry desert shall be supplied by the blessings from Jerusalem. Eze. 47:1-12 describes the waters issuing from the threshold of God’s House as flowing into the Dead Sea, and purifying it. Zech.14:8 states the waters flow on one side into the Mediterranean, on the other side into the Dead Sea, near which Shittim was situated (Psalm 46:4; Rev.22:1).

Water will fill the dry streambeds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the Lord's Temple, watering the arid valley of acacias. This shall be in the time of the Millennial Kingdom. Israel is short of water today, but they will not be short in that day. Joel gives us a picture of the restored land, one of perfect beauty, much like the Garden of Eden was before sin set in. The life-giving fountain flowing from the Lord’s House symbolizes the blessings that come from God. Those who are faithful to Him will be fruitful forever (Eze 47:1-12; Rev.22:1-2). . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_1000_years.htm

Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. (KJV) Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom a wilderness, because of the way they treated Israel, murdering people.

Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom a wilderness, because they attacked Judah and killed her innocent people. God will judge Egypt and Edom even into the Millennial Kingdom. They have always been enemies of the nation Israel. Egypt and Edom were two of Israel’s most persistent enemies. They really represent ALL the nations hostile to Israel. God’s Promise that they would be destroyed is also a Promise from Him that ALL evil in the world will one day be destroyed.

Edom was conquered by David, but revolted under Jehoram (2 Chron. 21:8-10); and at every opportunity they tried to ruin Judah. The low condition of the two countries for centuries proves the truth of the prediction (Isaiah 19:1; Jer.49:17; Obadiah 10). But ALL the enemies of Israel are typified by Egypt and Edom (Isaiah 63:1).

Joel 3:20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. (KJV) But Judah will live on forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all future generations.

Joel clearly states that Judah and Jerusalem, which symbolizes all Israel, will remain forever. Jer.31:35-37 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: [36] If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. [37] Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord. (KJV) I think these are amazing words from the God of the Bible, our Creator! God has complete power to do away with the laws of nature or to do away with His people, IF He so desired! But He will do neither one. This is not a prophecy; this is a Promise from God! God is simply saying that He will NOT reject Israel any more than He will do away with the laws that control the universe. Can anyone stop the sun, moon and stars from giving their light? Can anyone stop the waves of the sea? Can anyone measure the heavens or explore the foundation of the Earth? NO! Absolutely NOT! Then NO one shall ever be able to ruin or annihilate Israel! I think those who hate the Jews should seriously consider this.

God does not dwell in Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is as pagan as any city on the Earth, but there is a day coming when the Lord shall dwell there! It is then, and only then, that all these things Joel prophesied shall be fulfilled. Christ Himself must be there to have these things fulfilled, and He is not there today. At this time He is at God’s right hand (Col.3:1; Heb.1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2). Let us always be aware of Jesus and experience the reality of His Presence in our lives. There is full assurance of victory and complete peace for all those who trust in God.

Joel 3:21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion. (KJV) I will pardon my people's sins, which I have not yet pardoned; and I, the Lord, will make my home in Jerusalem with my people.

God shall one day pardon Israel’s sins, which He has not yet pardoned; and He shall make His Home in Jerusalem with His people. There shall be abundant Divine influences, and the Gospel shall spread quickly into the furthest corners of the Earth, in all the world (Mat.24:14). There is a day coming, when every wrong thing shall be made right. The fountain of this abundant righteousness is in the House of God, from where the streams rise as from an artesian well. Christ is this Fountain! His sufferings, His merit, and His grace, He alone is the only thing in this universe that can cleanse, refresh, and make us fruitful. Gospel grace, flowing from Christ, shall reach out Jews and to the Gentile (non Jew) world, even to the most remote regions on this Earth, and they shall abound in fruits of righteousness. And from the House of the Lord above, from His heavenly Temple, shall flow all the good things we will need to survive (Phil.4:15) on a daily basis, and better yet, we have a wondrous hope to enjoy life eternally.

God is good! He was good yesterday, He’s good today and He shall be good forever! Praise His Holy Name, now and forever more. Thank Him for all He’s done for you, and shall do for you in the future. God is Good to His children! Are you in the family of God? If not, why not?

For more prophecy on the future Millennium, see: Psalm 22:27-31; 46:10; 66:4; Psalm 68:31-32; 69:35-36; 72:1-20; 85:10-12; 86:9; 132:15-18; 138:4-5; 145:10-11; Isa.2:2-5; Isa.4:2-3; 11:1-10; 65:17-25; Zeph. 3:11-13; Zech. 9:10; 14:16-21; Mat. 26:29; Mark 14:25; Heb. 8:11; Rev. 14:6; 20:1-15. Are you ready for the Day of the Lord? (Mat.25:13)

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